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Which browsers are officially supported by Stack Exchange?

Also, what else is needed in order to use every feature of the site?

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Which browsers are supported?

So here's the bottom line for this question: we support the browsers that we see the vast majority of our visitors actually use. This is philosophically in line with the quote that formerly opened this answer…

"We support current and previous versions of all browsers with some reasonable amount of market share, but not beta or development versions." –Jeff, paraphrased (source); subsequently reaffirmed by other developers

…but that was said back when browser version numbers didn't change every other day. (Okay, really just looking at you, Chrome and Firefox.) The no beta/dev thing still applies, too.

The supported browsers, in practice, based on the above guideline:

If it's not one of those, it still may work, but you probably shouldn't expect support. Less common browsers people have tried:

  • Standard
  • Mobile
    • Internet Explorer Mobile
      • Works with Windows Phone 8, at least
    • Firefox for Mobile
      • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in 10.0.3
    • Chrome for iOS
      • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in the latest version
    • Opera Mobile
      • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in 12.0.1
      • Exception: Opera Mini
    • Symbian

What else do I need?

There are requirements beyond using a modern browser for getting the best possible experience:

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Browser versions are a bit outdated (i.e. Opera is now at 37.x, Chrome is at 50.x) Perhaps state the minimum browser version required than listing the supported versions. – scriptHero May 8 at 14:58
    
@scriptHero okay, I just reworded the post to remove the version numbers altogether; that was an idea that had outlived its time by several years anyways. – Pops May 9 at 18:21
    
Thanks @Pops, nicely done. – Shadow Wizard May 9 at 19:49
    
Thanks @ShadowWizard. Things have sure changed a lot since I wrote the original version of this answer. People were still using Firefox 2 at the time! But even then, IE6 was unsupported.... – Pops May 9 at 20:11
    
Indeed @Pops - I considered making such edit at some point, but wasn't sure enough I can do it right. Let's hope this will reduce confusion now. :-) – Shadow Wizard May 9 at 20:35

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